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NO4 2013

Keeneland, Investing in Racing's Future since 1936.

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Unmistakable Style rant in downtown Lexington. Then, his star began to rise among owners of the great horse farms. "My frst client in the horse world was Josephine Abercrombie. We had met through mutual friends, and one day she just popped into my shop, listened to my ideas, and hired me to decorate her farm offce building at Pin Oak Stud. She took a chance on a young guy," Carter said. "It was a fantastic break for me." "He did a superb job," Abercrombie said. "His taste is fabulous. Clean and simple but never severe. I raved about him to my friends in the horse world." "Superb" and "fabulous" are very extravagant adjectives but ones Carter's clients often use lavishly in their verbal valentines to his work. Greg Goodman and his wife, Becky, moved to Lexington from California and bought the historic Mt. Brilliant horse farm. They expected to bring in a decorator from outside of Kentucky before seeing Carter's work at a neighboring farm. "I've hired decorators from all over the world," Goodman said, "but Matt is as good as any internationally known designer. In fact, he is the best that we have ever used, anywhere. We added four guest houses and an entertainment house to the farm. Counting the main house, that's a total of seven buildings that Matt has done for us. Plus, he did a spectacular job on our house in the Bahamas. The best thing about Matt is that he listens," Goodman said. "Usually, I work with a designer on a project and get so mad at them that I never hire them again. Matt doesn't try to push his own ego on you. I told him that as much as I love Kentucky, I didn't want our houses to look too ''horsey' or too 'Old South,' and he gave us exactly what we wanted — comfort, beauty, sophistication." 50 KEENELAND WINTER 2013 Longtime client Lucy Young Hamilton enlisted Carter to help with the renovation and design of a California home for her and her husband William (top left, top, and center). Bottom left, Carter's handiwork is refected in the breakfast room of another client.

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